When the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed in Congress in 1996, the vote was bi-partisan and overwhelming. In the House, the tally was 342-67. Only the farthest left of Democrats and a handful of Republicans voted against it. A majority of Democrats supported marriage. In the Senate, the vote was even more lopsided and bi-partisan, 85-14. Again, most Democrats backed marriage. In both houses of Congress, the DOMA passed with such strong margins that President Clinton could clearly see the measure had better than "veto strength." That is, if he had vetoed the Defense of Marriage Act, Congress could have...
Yes, they do. Consent in this sense is equated with the notion of individual freedom. It’s odd that conservatives would oppose that. And the notion of “age of consent” is a relatively recent idea when compared to the idea of marriage which goes back to the beginnings of society. It is one of the many ways in which marriage has been redefined throughout its long history.
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